Walter John Schmid
1923 - 2013
Walter John “Jack” Schmid, 90, of Payson, was welcomed into heaven on July 7, 2013. Born Jan. 22, 1923 in Phoenix, he made Arizona his home for 90 years.
He was retired from the Bricklayer’s Union Local 3 and received lifetime membership in the union with more than 50 years of service. He built three homes for his personal use: the first here in Phoenix; a cabin at Forest Lakes; and his last home in Payson at the age of 73 — laying every block himself, he was quite the craftsman. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, which took him from one end of the state to the other over the years.
He was most proud of his service to our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the oiler USS Kaskaskia. God bless all of our military personnel past, present and those to come, we thank you.
Mr. Schmid loved to garden — growing various citrus, fruit and nut trees as well as vegetables, tending to his garden and watching it grow from day to day kept him going.
He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 63 years, Frances; son, Larry Schmid; daughters, Patty George and Nancy Schmid (Allen); his beloved Lab, Molly Dog; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Frana Irwin and Hilda Brock. Mr. Schmid was uncle to several nieces and nephews as well as the neighborhood kids. He said having little ones around kept him young.
Visitation and services will be at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 19644 N, 7th Ave. in Phoenix on Thursday, July 18. Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Mass at 11:30 a.m. His final resting place will be at the National Veterans Cemetery.
Please send flowers to Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix.
Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of the Valley.